Pak-Hing Leung

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A new chiral auxiliary, (+/-)-N,N-dimethyl-1-(2,5-dimethylphenyl)ethylamine, was designed and synthesized in two steps from 1-acetyl-2,5-dimethylbenzene. Its cyclopalladated dimeric complex could be efficiently resolved via the formation of (S)-prolinate derivatives. Both hand forms of the complex could be obtained in similar yields. Despite the enormous(More)
A chiral phosphine auxiliary was generated with excellent ee via catalytic asymmetric hydrophosphination of 3-(naphthalen-1-ylmethylene)pentane-2,4-dione. The subsequent metal complexation of the monophosphine yielded two different coordination complexes depending on the reaction conditions. The ortho-palladation of both coordination complexes resulted in(More)
The ortho palladation of prochiral (di-tert-butyl)(diphenylmethyl)phosphine proceeded readily to give rise to the dimeric complex, di-mu-chlorobis{[(phenyl)(di-tert-butylphosphino)methyl]phenyl-C2, P}dipalladium(II). The (S,S)-(+)-dimer was subsequently obtained by optical resolution with sodium (S)-prolinate. The absolute configuration of the optically(More)
Two highly air-sensitive asymmetric ligands (+/-)-diphenyl[1-(1-naphthyl)ethyl]phosphine and its arsenic analogue [(+/-)-L] have been prepared and resolved by the fractionalization of a pair of diastereomeric palladium complexes containing the appropriate ligand and ortho-metalated (R)-(1-(dimethylamino)ethyl)naphthylene. X-ray structural analysis revealed(More)
A highly reactive, chemo- and enantioselective addition of diphenylphosphine to α,β-unsaturated imines catalyzed by a palladacycle has been developed, thus providing the access to a series of chiral tertiary enaminophosphines in high yields. A putative catalytic cycle has also been proposed.
The first asymmetric phospha-Michael addition of diarylphosphines to N-enoyl phthalimides has been developed in the presence of a chiral palladacycle catalyst. A library of free chiral tertiary phosphine adducts were directly obtained with excellent yields and enantioselectivities. Products can be subsequently functionalized to afford β-phosphinoamides, the(More)
Two chiral (-)-diphosphine-digold(I) complexes containing mono- and di-methylester substituted diphosphine ligands have been prepared and structurally characterized. Both complexes are highly potent against breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231 but showed much lower cytotoxicity against the normal human breast epithelial cells MCF10A. When compared with its(More)
Palladium and platinum complexes containing a sulfur-functionalised N-heterocyclic carbene (S-NHC) chelate ligand have been synthesised. The absolute conformations of these novel organometallic S-NHC chelates were determined by X-ray structural analyses and solution-phase 2D (1)H-(1)H ROESY NMR spectroscopy. The structural studies revealed that the phenyl(More)